April 14, 2014
| Probable Starting Pitchers
|| TBA vs. RHP Cody Pugh (2-3, 5.54)
AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn Tigers will wrap up a four-game road swing Tuesday night as they travel to Birmingham to face the Samford Bulldogs at 6 p.m. at Joe Lee Griffin Field. It will be the second meeting of the season between the two in-state rivals.
Auburn (21-16, 6-9 SEC) will look to bounce back after dropping two of three last weekend on the road at Alabama. The Tigers did win a midweek contest last week at home, defeating Troy 6-0.
Samford (21-15, 7-5 SoCon) is also coming off a tough weekend where the Bulldogs dropped two of three Southern Conference games on the road at Davidson. Samford did earn a strong non-conference win last week at Alabama State, defeating the Hornets, 8-6.
The Bulldogs won the earlier meeting between the teams on April 1 at Plainsman Park, defeating the Tigers 8-1.
Van Riggs and Joe Beckwith will have the call on WINGS 94.3 FM in Auburn; the game will not be available network-wide. Fans can also follow live stats and audio at AuburnTigers.com, and Samford will provide live video at SamfordSports.com.
• Auburn is facing Samford for the 75th time. The Tigers are 56-18 all-time against the Bulldogs and have won three of the last four meetings.
• Auburn has been hit by pitch 60 times this year, including at least once in 30 of 37 games. The single-season record is 73 in 2010; Auburn is on pace to be plunked 90 times this season.
• Senior Dan Glevenyak set a school record and tied an SEC record when he was hit four times in Friday's win at Alabama. He became the 21st player in NCAA Division I history to be hit four times in a single game, one shy of the record.
• Auburn is third in the league in batting average (.288) but 12th in runs scored (166).
• Auburn turned four double plays at Alabama on Saturday (4/12), tying the school single-game record.
• Sophomore Jordan Ebert enters the week as the top hitter in the Southeastern Conference (.378). Ebert had his first career four-hit game at Ole Miss (4/4).
• Opponents are hitting just .174 against freshman RHP Keegan Thompson, which ranks 4th in the SEC.
• Thompson has the SEC's ninth-best earned run average (1.72).
• Auburn ranks second in the SEC with 62 stolen bases this year. Auburn is on pace for 94 steals in the regular season, which would rank sixth in school history for a single-season.
The Tigers will return home for their sixth SEC series of the season as the nationally ranked South Carolina Gamecocks visit Plainsman Park for a three-game set Friday-Sunday, April 18-20.